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Lamprocapnos spectabilis

Lamprocapnos spectabilis (L.) Fukuhara

Dicentra spectabilis (L.) Lem.

Bleeding Hearts, Lyre Flower, Lady-in-a-bath

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassMagnoliidaeIncludes magnolias, nutmeg, bay laurel, cinnamon, avocado, black pepper, and many others
OrderPapaveralesA group that includes buttercups and other poisonous plants
FamilyFumariaceaeFumitory, fumewort, or bleeding-heart family
GenusLamprocapnosFrom Greek lampros, “shining,” and Latin capno, “head”
Speciesspectabilis“Spectacular”

About plant names...

Bleeding hearts have very attractive pink heart-shaped flowers. They are native to Siberia, Japan, Korea, and northern China. They are very popular in U.S. gardens.

Plants: 24-59" (60-150 cm) in height, with a bushy habit. Plants become dormant after producing seed pods, yellowing and looking pretty much hopeless. But they bounce back in the spring. See Dicentra for a comparison table.

Leaves: 4-12" (10-30 cm) in overall size, divided two or three times into smaller leaflets, on stems 1¾-4½" (5-12 cm) in length.

Flowers: All bleeding-hearts have pillowy, heart-shaped flowers with a white longer petal hanging from the bottom. Flowers appear in Apr-May. Some varieties bloom much later.

Fruits: Beanlike oblong seed capsules, each with 2-8 seeds, are ⅞-1¼" (2.5-3.5 cm) long. Seeds are black and rounded, approximately ⅛" (3 mm) around.

Edibility: Poisonous. Skull & Crossbones May also cause a rash in some people.

Online References:

Lamprocapnos spectabilis at the Missouri Botanical Garden

Lamprocapnos spectabilis on Perennial Resource

Lamprocapnos spectabilis on Dave’s Garden

Lamprocapnos spectabilis on CalPhotos

Lamprocapnos spectabilis on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants

Lamprocapnos spectabilis on the New England Wildflower Society’s GoBotany site

Lamprocapnos spectabilis (Bleeding Hearts, Lyre Flower, Lady-in-a-bath)

5/12/2007 · Tom and Susan’s, Pepperell, MA

Lamprocapnos spectabilis (Bleeding Hearts, Lyre Flower, Lady-in-a-bath)

5/19/2017 · Tom and Susan's, Pepperell, MA
≈ 8 × 5" (20 × 13 cm)

Lamprocapnos spectabilis (Bleeding Hearts, Lyre Flower, Lady-in-a-bath)

4/21/2010 · Tom and Susan’s, Pepperell, MA
≈ 5 × 8" (13 × 19 cm)

Lamprocapnos spectabilis (Bleeding Hearts, Lyre Flower, Lady-in-a-bath)

5/31/2010 · Mt. Lebanon St., Pepperell, MA
≈ 8 × 5" (19 × 13 cm)

Lamprocapnos spectabilis description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 21 Jun 2017.

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Lamprocapnos spectabilis (Bleeding Hearts, Lyre Flower, Lady-in-a-bath)

5/29/2014 · Tom and Susan’s, Pepperell, MA
≈ 5 × 5" (13 × 13 cm)

Lamprocapnos spectabilis (Bleeding Hearts, Lyre Flower, Lady-in-a-bath)

6/26/2005 · Parents’ Landscaping, Falmouth, ME

Lamprocapnos spectabilis (Bleeding Hearts, Lyre Flower, Lady-in-a-bath)

4/24/2010 · Tom and Susan’s, Pepperell, MA
≈ 4 × 2½" (9.9 × 7.3 cm)

Lamprocapnos spectabilis (Bleeding Hearts, Lyre Flower, Lady-in-a-bath)

5/12/2007 · Tom and Susan’s, Pepperell, MA

Lamprocapnos spectabilis (Bleeding Hearts, Lyre Flower, Lady-in-a-bath)

5/29/2014 · Tom and Susan’s, Pepperell, MA
≈ 7 × 6" (16 × 16 cm)

Lamprocapnos spectabilis (Bleeding Hearts, Lyre Flower, Lady-in-a-bath)

5/8/2007 · Tom and Susan’s, Pepperell, MA
≈ 5 × 3½" (13 × 8.8 cm)

Lamprocapnos spectabilis (Bleeding Hearts, Lyre Flower, Lady-in-a-bath)

5/19/2017 · Tom and Susan's, Pepperell, MA
≈ 10 × 6" (24 × 16 cm)

Lamprocapnos spectabilis (Bleeding Hearts, Lyre Flower, Lady-in-a-bath)

Young foliage · 4/24/2007 · Tom and Susan’s, Pepperell, MA
≈ 9 × 6" (22 × 14 cm)

Range: Zones 3-9:

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